Does Ramadan Affect Happiness? Evidence from Turkey

In: Archive for the Psychology of Religion
Zeynep B. Ugur Hukumet Meydanı No: 2 AZ07 Ulus/Ankara, Social Sciences University of Ankara Turkey +90 312 596 4680

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The lunar month of Ramadan is an important time period for Muslims around the world. In this study, we examine whether Ramadan brings happiness to individuals. For this purpose, we conducted a survey once before Ramadan, three times during Ramadan, and once after Ramadan. Our results show that with every week in Ramadan, a small boost of happiness is reported. Yet, two weeks after Ramadan, people seem to return to their baseline level of happiness. We suggest that Ramadan is associated with higher well-being due to increased socialization as non-fasting and those who fast partially also has statistically higher happiness scores than pre-Ramadan sample. Yet, those who have highest happiness scores are those who fasted fully.

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